Lima Council to make final approval on CDBG funds

By Lance Mihm

July 20, 2014

LIMA — Councilors will vote to approve the 2014-15 CDBG/Home Action Plan for funds disbursement at Monday’s City Council meeting.

In the final hearing for the funds earlier in July, the majority of councilors were in favor of taking about $68,000 off the CDBG distribution for the inspector position and paying for it out of the general fund in order to meet a request for about $37,000 for the Bradfield Center and another $32,000 for Jose & Sons Recycling.

However, Jose & Sons Recycling was left out completely and the amount approved for The Bradfield Center was reduced from $37,000 to $32,000 after Amy Odum, the city’s director of Community Development, contacted a Department of Housing and Urban Development program administrator on the ability to redistribute the funds and qualifications.

Previously, the Bradfield Center and Jose & Sons Recycling had been left out on the final recommendation submitted by administration.

Representatives from Jose & Sons pleaded their case with councilors hoping to persuade them at the final hearing July 7, but councilors were not ready to risk losing money from the CDBG grants.

Former Lima resident Henrietta Spencer will be formerly honored Monday as the council approves an ordinance in her memory officially extending condolences to her family.

Henrietta Spencer died May 24 after a long life of memberships and activity in the community.

Spencer, a 1941 graduate of Marseilles High School and 1942 graduate of Northwestern Business School, retired from Superior Coach/Sheller Globe where she worked as a timekeeper for 34 years. She was a member of several clubs, including Ida Rebekah Lodge, Lima White Shrine of Jerusalem, Order of Eastern Star, DAR Lima chapter, Lima Memorial Health Systems Auxiliary and Lima Senior Citizens. Spencer was well-known for frequently attending Lima City Council meetings and was active in the community.